Go vegan for Lent!
Lent is a time for giving things up. For Christians, it’s a way of remembering how Jesus fasted in the desert. Many non-religious people also choose to make a change to their diet for the tradition of Lent. Instead of giving up chocolate or alcohol this Lent, why not try the 40-day vegan challenge? Here are seven reasons why it’s an excellent decision:
- Going vegan helps to alleviate world hunger. More than half of the world’s crops are used to feed farmed animals, not people. It’s far more
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Respecting an animal and serving up his or her dead body on a plate are two very different things.
That’s why we’ve just written to aquaria across the country – including Anglesey Sea Zoo, Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire, Oceanarium in Bournemouth, Bristol Aquarium, Deep Sea World in Fife, Sea Life Centre in Great Yarmouth, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth and The Deep in Hull – to ask that they remove fish from the menu at their in-house restaurants, as serving them contradicts these institutions’ invitation to the public to appreciate … Read more.
Forget the detox. When the weather’s chilly, sometimes you need to indulge a little with hearty comforting meals that will warm you all the way through. Here are eight of our favourite nourishing wintertime recipes. Of course, they’re all vegan, too, so you can still feel vaguely virtuous while you chow down on mountains of soul-satisfying food! Let us know your top comfort food fixes in the comments.
- Mayim Bialik’s Winter Vegetable Risotto
A creamy dish of deliciousness from everyone’s favourite vegan nerd.
- Tofu Spinach Lasagne
So filling and so satisfying.
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Cheap, colourful and healthy, this easy dish should be a staple of any vegan’s repertoire. Feel free to add extra vegetables such as squash or sweet potatoes.
Warming Orange Spice and Lentil Soup
1–2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced into 1-cm cubes
2 carrots, diced into 1-cm cubes
2 celery stalks, diced into 1-cm pieces
1 litre water
2 bay leaves
200 g red lentils
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/4 tsp fenugreek
1/8 tsp asafoetida
60–80 ml orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
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With the ever-growing number of cruelty-free cuisines available at chain restaurants, grabbing a tasty vegan meal has never been easier. Why should your school canteen be any different? Offering vegan options in schools benefits more than just the vegan student body – it also encourages all students to eat healthier, lessens the harmful effects of the food industry on the environment and, of course, saves the lives of countless animals.
We understand that persuading your school to carry more vegan options can seem like a pretty daunting task, so we’ve broken … Read more.
This is a filling, creamy vegan version of the classic comforting dish. Claire suggests varying the dish by adding halved cherry tomatoes or sliced vegan hot dogs before baking/grilling or by sprinkling with flaxseeds and a couple of teaspoonfuls of paprika to create an extra-crunchy topping. Enjoy!
Claire’s Mac ‘n’ Cheeze
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1–2 chillies, finely chopped (optional)
3–4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 litre unsweetened soya milk
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Love is in the air – yes, in case you hadn’t noticed, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. But while you’re making plans for your hot date, show some love for animals, too, by keeping things vegan. After all, compassion is a great chat-up line, and it’s well known that, with their often fitter physique and increased stamina, plant-eaters make better lovers as well as kinder partners.
So here are six top tips to help you avoid making a cruelty faux pas during your romantic evening:
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His band may have a naughty name, but Benjamin John Power from the electronic duo Fuck Buttons is anything but. In fact, the Bristol musician, who is also known for his solo project Blanck Mass, is so concerned about making kind choices that he refuses to eat food that results from animal suffering: namely, meat, eggs and dairy products.
We chatted with him about how and why he chose to go vegan:
Like many people who switch to a plant-based diet, Benjamin reports feeling less tired. He’s also glad to be … Read more.
What’s your New Year’s resolution? Have you decided to go vegan in 2015? Or are you already vegan but have decided to commit to eating healthier in the new year after spending 2014 indulging in one too many delicious accidentally vegan snacks? Maybe you just want to read up on animal rights issues or are looking for a book to help a child you know understand why you don’t eat meat. Whatever your goal is, we’ve got a book that will help you get there. Check out our list of must-have … Read more.
The Irish Parliament building, Leinster House, is on the growing list of institutions around the world that refuse to serve foie gras – the fatty liver of force-fed ducks and geese.
Officials confirmed the news to PETA, and this move follows in the compassionate footsteps of the UK’s House of Commons and House of Lords, both of which maintain firm policies against serving foie gras.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Brit Awards, Wimbledon, Lord’s Cricket Ground and the Royal Shakespeare Company have all also banned foie gras.
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